Our mountain. Or really, our dormant volcano, responsible for the magnificently warm waters at the Terme di Sorano.
Monte Amiata was worshipped by the ancient civilisations of the area as a deity and by the modern man maintains the ritual every time he relaxes in the nearby hot springs.
On the surface, Monte Amiata is just as gratifying.
In the warmer months, it is a haven of nature parks with trees that are thousands of years old, while in winter, it’s the place to ski or snowboard with gentle slopes that are particularly appealing to beginners. While it’s Monte Amiata naturalistic side that attracts the visitors, its towns and villages are pretty appealing too.
The area’s most captivating town has risen up at the source of the Fiora River.
It’s the perfect place for a stroll from church to church, as long as you don’t miss La Peschiera, a hidden garden of wisterias and hydrangeas.
And next door, another church with a stream that runs visibly beneath its floor.